Athlete Performance Training

Training designed to elevate fitness and improve sports outcomes.

What is Athlete Performance Training (APT)?

Special Olympics Pennsylvania is rededicating itself to its mission and values through Athlete Performance Training. Designed to elevate the fitness levels of athletes and improve their sports outcomes, Athlete Performance Training consists of a combination of coach-facilitated sports practices and at-home fitness programs. Together, these help ensure participants become healthier, more fit and live longer lives.

During practices, coaches will apply an approach that includes education, exertion and evaluation.

  • Education: Time is taken during each sports practice to discuss physical activity, nutrition, and hydration as a team.
  • Exertion: A practice plan is followed that engages athletes in physical activity throughout the entire practice.  
  • Evaluation: Athletes’ health and fitness metrics are collected at the start and end of the season.

At home, athletes and their families/caregivers are provided a sport-specific fitness program to complement the in-person practices.

How To Participate?

COVID-19 Coordinators when completing their Site Registration Form via Google Forms are asked if they are interested in participating in the Athlete Performance Training.  COVID-19 Coordinators can express interest on behalf of their coach or a coach can visit the Online Portal to complete the necessary online training. The training video is only about 20 minutes in long and simple to complete. Once the training is completed SOPA will be notified and we will contact coaches with further details on materials and next steps.

To access the training log on the Online Portal, you will log in using your email as your user ID and password. If you have forgotten your User ID, please contact vsyshelp@specicalolympicspa.org. If you have forgotten your password, select "Forgot Password?" when logging in for the first time. A new password will be emailed to your email address (User ID) immediately following.

Following the completion of Athlete Performance Training Tracking, you will be eligible for the Athlete Performance Training component of the Bronze Level Coaches Training and Progression Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Video: Athlete Performance Training, A Coach’s Perspective Q & A

More Information on the Coaches Training & Progression Plan:

This training plan is designed to inspire and encourage coaches to continue their education in order to be the best coach that they can be and, in turn, provide our athletes with a better experience and a desire to be the best athlete that they can be.

For more information on the Bronze, Silver and Gold level requirements, check out this flyer, visit the Training & Progression Plan webpage, or watch the below video.

For further perspective on running the program as a coach, please watch this video:

 

For More Information Contact:

Charla Stein, Healthy Communities Coordinator

610-630-9450 ext. 254; cstein@specialolympicspa.org